MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Nearly four and a half years after 40-year-old Ryan Baker was found dead in a hotel room, the man suspected of killing him voluntarily entered his guilty plea.
27-year-old Atimothy Pullen of Fayetteville, Tennessee was arrested in connection to Baker’s death on May 8, 2019, following a grand jury indictment for murder.
On Monday, Pullen pleaded guilty to murder, voluntarily waiving his right to appeal. He was immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison split to serve, with credit for time served (a total of three years and 219 days, according to court records).
Five years will be served in the state penitentiary, five years suspended and five under probation. Pullen was also ordered to pay a court fine of $5,000 and a victim’s compensation of $500.
Pullen had been identified by the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) in surveillance video from the Budget Inn, shortly after Baker’s body had been found in one of the rooms on July 13, 2018.
A warrant had been issued for Pullen’s arrest when he was eventually arrested in Lincoln County, Tennessee on unrelated charges. He was transferred to the Madison County Jail, where he has since remained on a $60,000 bond.
Shaquan Laray Horton had also been arrested in connection to Baker’s death, but the case against him was dismissed for lack of probable cause, and he was released from jail in December 2018.
Pullen, through his defense team, recently requested that the identity of any informants as well as any deals, promises or incentives be revealed ahead of the trial, which names explicitly Horton and one other person.
The jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Madison County Courthouse.